Toddlers and 2-Year Old Programming
"I'm just a kid, I have a lot of stuff to do yet."
~ Clint Eastwood
Our commitment to quality care continues in our Toddler and 2-year old rooms. Children at this age are eager learners who energetically interact with materials and people. We at the center realize that an environment and curriculum that encourages each child's growing need of independence is a basis for developing and mastering life skills and a positive self esteem. By playing in both large and small groups, these children will learn valuable social skills needed to effectively interact with others. While engaging in fun activities toddlers and 2-year olds will discover their likes and talents and will be exposed to fundamentals such as: colors, shapes, self-help skills, as well as social and language development.
Children under the age of 2 years old will have a notebook system for direct communication with their teacher(s). In this notebook the teacher will log the daily activities, feedings and the rest times of your child. Parents will be asked to list pertinent information that will ensure the individualized schedule of each child is up-to-date, to inculde but not limited to: the last time your child ate, slept and was changed, as well as mood and sleeping patterns of the night before. Parents of 2-year olds will find daily information posted in the Parent Area of the room.
Arts for Kids has an individualized program for the needs of children ages of
6-weeks to 2-years old.
All children will have individual contact and attention through feeding, diapering and learning experience.
Each child will follow their individual routine of feeding and sleeping set by their home environment.
The children will be provided with equipment to fit their educational development and creative expression appopriate to their age level.
Daily communication with parents:
~ A notebook for each child under two years of age will be sent home with parents summarizing child's activities.
Parents will bring back notebook with information for teachers.
Staff will ensure that throughout the day infants will be moved into different activities.
Potty Training Policy
If parents and the center are in agreement that a child is developmentally ready, Arts for Kids will begin to encourage potty training at age 2.
At 2-1/2 years old age, regular potty training is part of our daily program and routine. Children will be encouraged to wear pull-ups or underwear (depending on progress) and have plenty of extra pull-ups or underwear on hand. They will be taken to the bathroom every 2 hours (possibly more often at the beginning). If a child is wearing underwear, they will be put in a pull-up or diaper for naps, unless completely trained. We will use lots of praise for a "job well done" and lots of understanding when "accidents happen" if a child has a rough day.
Sometimes potty training can happen overnight and sometimes it can be a long process - we just need to have a lot of patience.
November 2020 News!
We hope everyone is enjoying the fall season so far! The colors of the trees are beautiful! The weather did get chilly pretty quickly! We have been trying to get outdoors as much as possible! We greatly appreciate you bringing in coats for your child. They do love being outside!
We’ve taken some buggy rides looking at the beautiful trees and walking downtown looking at the store windows for Halloween decorations!
We still walk on the river walk watching the seagulls and ducks! Please
bring warm hats and even mittens as the weather will be getting colder!
We have been busy decorating our room for fall and Halloween. We also made artwork for our Halloween door! It was lots of fun!
We made apple cinnamon muffins for a cooking activity! We read books; “Where is Baby’s Pumpkin?” and “Five Little Pumpkins!”
We’re working on saying words like “up” when we toss balls/balloons up.
We are still working on helping clean up toys!
Ahmani and Reid have moved up from the Infant room. Welcome!
We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!
Ms. Karen & Ms. Alyse
Wow, November already!
We had fun celebrating Halloween. Seeing the kiddos in their costumes is always the best. And, of course, the yummy treats made it that much better. Thank you!
We made some pretty cool art projects decorating our room. Creepy monsters, spooky ghosts and witches on brooms.
Fall is also all about apples and pumpkins. We pretended to pick apples off an apple tree and pick pumpkins from our pumpkin patch.
We also sang “Five Little Pumpkins” and balanced apples/pumpkins on tubes.
In November we will talk about day and night and check out different fruits and vegetables for our Cornucopia. We will spend a week on family and friends followed by Thanksgiving Week.
Remember to check your child’s cubbie for extra clothes.
Time to switch those shorts out for pants. Thank you!
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and stay warm!
Janice & Tina
We had a fun month last month exploring pumpkins and celebrating Halloween. Our party was a blast...thanks to all who brought a treat to share!
This month we will talk about outer space, bedtime, trucks, construction and Thanksgiving.
We are working hard in the classroom using our words or signs for what we want or need, and we are getting really good at taking off our hats, mittens and jackets when we come in from outside; they are so proud of themselves!
Have a great month and Happy Thanksgiving!
As some of you know, I am new to the 2’s-I class.
A little about myself: I am halfway through my associate degree in Early Childhood education, and I plan on going back to finish my degree soon.
I have a little over a year of working in childcare.
I also have two children that attend Arts for Kids in the School Age room.
Some subject areas I plan to work on with your children include color recognition, shape recognition and counting. We will also work on feelings/emotions, saying please and thank you and how we can play nice with friends.
I look forward to working with your children and getting to know them more. I also believe that open communication is essential, so please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Wow it’s crazy to think that 2020 is almost over, which may not be a bad thing! Since it is chilly outside please bring hat, jacket, mittens, and maybe even snow pants and boots. Last month we all had a blast from doing fun activities and just being by our friends. The first week of October we all got to thinking about how people milk cows. We enjoyed doing a little experiment with a glove that had a whole in it and pouring milk into it. We then got to squeeze the glove to make the milk come out. We had so much fun flying into the next week for our superhero week. The kids got to use their imagination and became superheroes. We did talk about how superheroes are nice and helpful so we definitely should all be superheroes. The following week we learned about harvesting. We learned how the farmers gather their crops and then sell it to stores. My friends liked using fake corn to paint with and express themselves. The last week of October was of course talking all about Halloween (which by the way the kids were excited about all the Halloween books and activities). The kiddos looked so cute in their Halloween costumes! Thank you parents for bringing them. The kids were so polite during trick-or-treating, it was awesome! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask and if you don’t see me then feel free to e-mail me on HiMama.
Hello Families and welcome to November in 2’s-III! A huge thank you to the families who brought in treats for our Halloween party!
October was such a fun month as we learned about the farm and farming equipment, how superheroes can be any people who help us, and about harvest and Halloween.
We started the month talking about farming and learned about where our food comes from and what kind of equipment is used.
To help us with our social skills, we had superhero week. During that week we talked about how kindness, working together, and helping others can make us superheroes. We also talked about firefighters for fire prevention month and how they are superheroes too!
We explored the world around us as we talked about how autumn changes mean harvest season. We discussed how animals like squirrels prepare for winter and how different foods like corn, apples and pumpkins/gourds are ready to be picked at this time. We even stuffed our own scarecrow and talked about how scarecrows help keep animals away from crops.
We finished off the month with some silly fun as we explored Halloween/Harvest time via playdough, shapes, silly feet cutouts and giant tape spiderwebs. We even jumped in a fabric leaf pile!
I hope you enjoyed the pictures of the fun we’ve been having as we grow and learn! During the month of November, we will be building our language skills while talking about our families, our favorite foods and people in our community.
We will be exploring the shapes in things around us and building social skills as we learn about being a super friend.
Please let me know if you have any questions about your child or the classroom.
Ms. Sara B